For the second time in three years, the New Orleans Saints have won a game where the combined number of points scored by the two teams was 90 or more.
The Saints defeated the Detroit Lions on Sunday 52-38 (90 total points scored). It was the first NFL regular season game with 90+ points since 2015 when the Saints beat the New York Giants 52-49 (101 points).
This was the 12th regular season game with 90 or more points in a game since the AFL-NFL merger of 1970. The Saints also became the fifth team since 1970 to play in two 90-point regular season games. The Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets have both played in three such games. Cleveland, San Diego, and now New Orleans, have played in two of these 90-point games. For the record, the Jets won each of their three games, and Chargers and Saints both won their two contests.
Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 23-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on October 15.
- The Packers are now 10-8 versus the Vikings since 2000 when they are the away team. The teams have now split the last 10 games played in Minnesota.
- Early Sunday (noon start) games have been a good thing for the Packers. They are now 33-15-1 (.684) since 2010 in games that have an early Sunday start.
- Yesterday’s game was scoreless after the first quarter. Since 2000, Green Bay is 25-15 in games where neither team scored in the first quarter. They are, however, 11-13 since 2000 in away games where both teams were held scoreless in the first quarter.
- Clay Matthews got his first fumble recovery since 2015 in the game. He now has five career fumble recoveries (he had three in his rookie season of 2009).
- The Packers “D” had a pair of takeaways, usually a good sign. Since 2010, the team is 44-10 (.815) in games where the defense gets two or more takeaways.
- The Pack was behind by four points at halftime. They are now 7-14 (.333) in away games when they trail by four points or more at halftime.
- Through the first three quarters, the Packers had only 10 points. Since 2011, Green Bay is 2-19-1 (.114) in games where they have 10 or fewer points going into the fourth quarter.
- Brett Hundley became the 17th Green Bay QB to throw three or more interceptions in a game in the Super Bowl era (since 1966). He is the first Packers QB with three interceptions in a game since Scott Tolzien on November 17, 2013 when he had three picks in a game versus the Giants.
- Green Bay did not score in the second half. It was the first scoreless second half in a game since November 26, 2015 when they were held scoreless in the second half in a 17-13 loss to the Bears. The Pack has been scoreless in the second half in 17 games since 2000… they are 2-15 in those games.
- The Packers had only 227 total yards of offense in the game. It was the fifth game since 2013 where they had fewer than 250 yards of offense in a game; they lost each of those games. Since 2000, Green Bay is now 9-14 in games where they have fewer than 250 yards of total offense in a contest.
- With only 10 points, the Packers are now 5-21 (.192) since 2000 in games where they are held to 10 points or less in a game. They have lost six straight.
- Since the start of the 2015 season, there have been eight opposing receivers who have caught nine or more passes in a game versus the Packers. Only one player has done it twice… Minnesota’s Adam Thielen. He had nine receptions in yesterday’s game; he had 12 in a game versus the Pack last year on Christmas Eve.
Houston Astros’ second baseman Jose Altuve continues to be the driving force in the team’s push for a World Series championship. He went three-for-four in last night’s Game One, 2-1 win over the Yankees in the ALCS.
It was Altuve’s third three-hit game of this post-season and the fourth three-hit post-season game of his career. He became the 67th player in MLB history to have four or more post-season games with three or more hits in a contest.
Bernie Williams and Derek Jeter hold the MLB record for most three-hit post-season games with 12 each. Reggie Jackson and Roberto Alomar are tied for third with nine games each.
Since the 2015 playoffs, Altuve’s four three-hit games top the list. He is followed by Ben Zobrist, Daniel Murphy and Jason Kipnis with three games each.
This year’s ALCS and NLCS teams are now set… the Astros will face off against the Yankees tonight in the ALCS and the Cubs and Dodgers will play Game One on Saturday in the NLCS.
In the ALCS, the Yankees will be making their 16th ALCS appearance, most in the league since baseball went to the Championship Series format in 1969, while the Astros will be making their first-ever ALCS appearance. The Astros are the last of the 15 current A.L. franchises to play in an ALCS. Oakland (11 ALCS appearances) are second to the Yankees in most ALCS played.
In the NLCS, the Cubs will be making their third straight and fifth NLCS appearance. The Dodgers will be playing in the NLCS for the 12th time, second to the St. Louis Cardinals who have played in 13 NLCS.
A pair of New York Yankees players made big news as the team eliminated the Cleveland Indians from the playoffs and prevented the Tribe from making a return trip to the World Series.
First, Didi Gregorious hit a pair of home runs in the fifth and deciding game. He became the first Yankees’ player to have a multiple-HR game since Raul Ibanez in 2012.
Eighteen players have hit two or more HRs in a post-season game on more than one occasion. Yankees legend Babe Ruth did it four times, while Carlos Beltran and Manny Ramirez each did in three playoff games (15 players had multiple home runs in two post-season games).
Current Yankees’ slugger Aaron Judge made news for not hitting the ball; in fact, he struck out four times for the third time in the series. He became the 57th different player to strike out four or more times in a post-season game (it has now happened 68 times). Judge also now holds the MLB record for most post-season games with four or more strikeouts with three. Nine players struck out four or more times in two games in their playoff careers.